Making my old Beaver Lathe variable speed?

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Forum topic by woodbineshark posted 09-11-2011 05:55 PM 1497 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-11-2011 05:55 PM

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Hello Folks, new to the site and I am really enjoying it. I recently purchased and old Beaver 3400 lathe and I am exploring the options of a motor setup. I have heard of people using a treadmill motor (DC) and with a bit of tinkering they are able make their lathes variable speed? I know there is a wealth of knowledge, experience and free advise on this site so I’m looking for some! Thanks in advance and appreciate everything. Marc

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#1 posted 09-25-2011 06:33 PM

You could put a 3-phase motor on it. Then use a VFD to go from single-phase to 3-phase and the VFD would give you variable speed.

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#2 posted 09-25-2011 06:47 PM

I would suggest you take a look here there are a couple of regulars with a lot of knowledge about the old Beaver lathes.

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